Northumberland Makers will benefit from an investment announced today by Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Northumberland−Peterborough South.
The Northumberland CFDC is pleased to provide support for Northumberland Makers with a repayable contribution of $30,000 under the Community Futures Program (CFP) Social Enterprise stream. The funding will support start-up costs and equipment outfitting for the MakerLab at Venture13. This will create a space for collaboration and access to shared resources for Northumberland entrepreneurs, local manufacturers, schools, youth and the community in an inclusive environment within Venture13 set to open in early 2018 in Cobourg.
Northumberland Makers is a community organization of creators, innovators and makers with a goal of improving access to tools, technology and expertise within Northumberland. They believe in providing members (of all ages and of all backgrounds) with the shared resources and expertise needed for prototype, design, and creation. With their main activities focused on Education and Discovery, funding will support the start-up of the Venture13 MakerLab. This is instrumental to enabling the expansion and home base of the maker movement within Northumberland by creating a site of community innovation and a regional touchpoint within Eastern Ontario as a place of contemporary learning and making.
The Community Futures Program promotes economic stability, growth and job creation leading to more diversified and competitive rural economies, and economically sustainable communities.
“Today we are celebrating an investment in the great innovations of tomorrow that are created here locally. The “Maker Movement” is about bringing together a vast array of talents, collectively, to collaboratively bring ideas off the “drawing board” to life. Northumberland Makers is made up of a group of individuals who never want to stop creating, building, and developing better ideas and concepts. I want to congratulate the Northumberland Makers on receiving this federal investment.”
– Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and MP for Northumberland−Peterborough South
“Northumberland CFDC is pleased to partner and support Northumberland Makers through this Social Enterprise funding. Viewed as an anchor community organization, Northumberland Makers is comprised of local grassroots entrepreneurs teaching valuable DIY skills and project-based applied and experiential learning. The MakerLab is a critical component of Venture13 and having Northumberland Makers be a key strategic partner within this space delivering social enterprise programming is a vital component of a thriving innovative community. We are thrilled to have both the Maker movement and startups under one roof at Venture13” – Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC
“The Northumberland Makers is very proud to partner with Northumberland CFDC and receive support from the Community Futures Program for the startup and outfitting of the Venture13 MakerLab. We believe that making is a skill that should be accessible to all who wish to learn, and is a powerful basis for entrepreneurship and innovation. We cannot wait to have a home base at Venture13 to deliver community programming that offers individuals the opportunity to ‘learn through doing’ in an accessible social environment.” – Phil Mandryk, President, Northumberland Makers